Windsor-Essex Helps Easter Seals Crush Fundraising Goal

This year's Easter Seals Telethon shattered its goal of $115,000, raising a whopping $192,430.

Money raised during the 37th annual event funds equipment and services to help families dealing with a disability — including two fully accessible summer campgrounds.

CTV Windsor broadcasted the event from St. Clair College's Main Campus Sunday with the help of many other local media personalities, civil servants, and business owners. 

Telethon Chair Ram Sridhar tells AM800 News he's never surprise by how generous Windsor-Essex can be. He says Unifor still came up big for the charity even after coming off news that 1,500 jobs could be lost when Windsor Assembly eliminates its third shift in September.

"Unifor's donated, at least directly, $20,000 to the telethon and their members added another $5,000 and $10,000 from what they raised. That's about $30,000 coming from Unifor and that's fantastic," he says. "I always say Windsor and Essex County is a great community, very generous. We've had years in which we've had real economic downturns and we still got great support."

Easter Seals Canada was founded in Windsor and has provided support for children and youth with physical disabilities for 95 years.

The telethon raised $176,453 last year.